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No criminal charges from 2005 Nassau DA probe

Another postscript to the Georgina Morgenstern case, mentioned on this blog earlier in the week.

She’s the former Nassau County worker who set off a firestorm in 2005 by alleging a raft of wrongdoing in the administration of Democratic County Executive Thomas Suozzi.

She recently settled all her claims for $4 million after a federal jury found she was wrongfully terminated as a probationary employee, when she had been  two days past her probationary period and could not be fired without cause.

Suozzi was dropped as a defendant before the trial and nothing notable about alleged corruption emerged during testimony.

Now, the postscript: the Nassau County district attorney’s office, under then Republican Denis Dillon, told the Long Island Press in June 2005 that it had opened a criminal investigation into Morgenstern’s charges.

Dillon left office at the end of 2006. The current district attorney, Democrat Kathleen Rice, released a statement Thursday saying, “The investigation that was conducted concerning the allegations made by Georgina Morgenstern took place under the prior administration and did not result in a criminal prosecution; the case was closed and we cannot comment on the basis of that decision.”

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